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Happy 55th Birthday To King Of Crime Rhyme Kool G Rap!

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Today, July 20, marks the birthday of one of Hip-Hop’s most innovative emcees of all time, Kool G Rap. The Golden Era icon turns 55.

Along with DJ Polo, the Corona, Queens wordsmith was recruited into the Juice Crew by Marley Marl and launched his debut album, Road to the Riches- solidifying the blueprint of mafioso rapping. With the use of stacked syllables and intense delivery, G Rap detailed the journey of the ideal Black male youth in New York City. Not just any young Black male. The Black male born into an impoverished foundation wishes to embellish the lifestyle of a millionaire in a mob-like way. Owning the job of telling the New York street narrative, G Rap laid out the blueprint for hardcore storytelling. His ability to paint the picture of an average day is deemed to be complex, and the post-generation influence is evident in classics such as Only Built 4 Cuban Linx and Reasonable Doubt.

Two years ago, the Hip-Hop legend dropped his fifth solo album, Return of the Don, an overall comforting trip through his legacy as a mafioso rap pioneer. The album hoards several collaborations with renowned mafioso rappers among the likes of Raekwon, N.O.R.E., and Sheek Louch, which overall confirm G Rap’s grand influence. Without a shadow of a doubt, Kool G Rap is one of Hip-Hop’s most straightforward yet complex personalities to ever contribute to the rap element, and street tale spits are vital to his legend.

Happy Birthday to the Kool Genius of Rap, Kool G Rap!

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Today In Hip Hop History: MC Eiht’s Debut Album ‘We Come Strapped’ Turns 30 Years Old!

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On this day in Hip Hop history, West Coast legend MC Eiht released his debut LP, We Come Strapped. Featuring his group Compton’s Most Wanted, this gangsta rap classic is one of California’s pre-G Funk hits. Riding the popularity that came from his breakthrough single “Straight Up Menace” featured in the film Menace II Society, this album took the rap game by storm creating a new star on the West Coast.

Coming off group success, MC Eiht was no rookie and knew exactly what putting out a good album entailed. We Come Strapped followed a simple yet effective formula resulting in its success. This project is straight and to the point; no drawn out skits, no filler, and no big name features. Aside from a cameo from Spice-1, Redman, and his fellow Compton’s Most Wanted members, the album is entirely MC Eiht spiting cold gangsta rhymes over DJ Slip’s jazzy, keyboard heavy production.

Commercially the project was quite a success, peaking at #5 on the Billboard 200 and #1 on the Top R&B/Hip Hop chart. The album was certified gold shortly after its release and continues to sell copies today. This album serves as MC Eiht’s most successful project to date.

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Rakim Releases New Single “Now Is The Time” Feat. B.G., Hus Kingpin, and Compton Menace

Rakim Releases New Single "Now Is The Time" Feat. B.G., Hus Kingpin, and Compton Menace

Rakim, hailed as “The God Emcee,” has announced his first new project in 15 years, G.O.D.’s Network (Reb7rth). This highly anticipated album, set to release on July 26, 2024, showcases Rakim’s extensive talent in lyricism and production, marking his first project entirely self-produced.

The album’s lead single, “Be Ill,” features notable artists Kurupt and Masta Killa and has already garnered significant attention with its powerful lyrics and dynamic video. Following this, Rakim released the second single, “Now Is The Time,” featuring B.G., Hus Kingpin, and Compton Menace. This track is now available on all major streaming platforms, further building excitement for the full album release.

G.O.D.’s Network (Reb7rth) is set to include an impressive lineup of collaborations featuring the likes of Nipsey Hussle, DMX, Method Man, Prodigy, 38 Spesh, Skyzoo, Kool G Rap, Joell Ortiz, KXNG Crooked, and Planet Asia, among others. This extensive list of featured artists promises a diverse and rich listening experience, blending classic and contemporary hip-hop influences.

Rakim’s return to the music scene with G.O.D.’s Network (Reb7rth) is a momentous occasion for fans worldwide. The album will be available in multiple formats, including Digital, CD, Cassette, and Vinyl (both 12” and 7”), ensuring accessibility for all music enthusiasts. Fans can purchase the album through www.rakimpresents.com, courtesy of Holy Toledo Productions, Compound Interest Entertainment, RRC Music, and 1332 Records.

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Wack 100 Says He Missed Kendrick Lamar’s ‘The Pop Out’ Due to Renovating His Studio

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Everybody from the West Coast was at Kendrick Lamar’s “The Pop Out” show, but Wack 100, who manages another legend who wasn’t there, The Game. Speaking with Vlad TV, Wack revealed why he wasn’t in attendance.

“I’m one of those where if you not on me about it, I’ll forget,” Wack 100 said. “I was in my studio, reconstructing my studio, stressing out over one of my podcast stands. I go looking for the guy and he told me the show was over at 8 o’clock sharp. I totally forgot, that’s when I hit Game.”

He would state The Game was at home with his lady as she was pregnant.

You can hear it from Wack 100 below.

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Pharrell Enters Creative Partnership with evian Water

Pharrell Enters Creative Partnership with evian Water

Pharrell Williams is turning his creative eye to water. In a partnership with evian, Pharrell will collaborate with the brand and his company, Human Race.

According to Hypebeast, the collaboration will feature Humance Race’s aesthetic and promote “mental and physical well-being.”

“Our collaboration with evian is focused on well-being, physically and mentally. I’m excited to share our work and message of joy with the world. This partnership has multiple elements to keep everyone living young throughout the year. We’re inviting everyone to discover their own playful and curious spirit and rediscover that sense of youth within themselves,” says Williams.

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WATCH: Biden Sits with BET to Address His Record with Black Americans

Biden Sits with BET to Address His Record with Black Americans

After delivering remarks at the NAACP’s National Convention, President Joe Biden sat down for a comprehensive interview with BET journalist Ed Gordon.

The discussion highlighted Biden’s achievements for Black Americans and the critical issues in the upcoming election. A significant portion of the conversation focused on the recent overturning of abortion rights, emphasizing the administration’s commitment to protecting reproductive freedoms. Biden underscored the importance of voter turnout and civic engagement in these challenges, calling on the community to unite in safeguarding their rights and shaping the nation’s future.

“The Supreme Court did it — Trump appointed [justices to the] Supreme Court with the expressed purpose of doing it — so that’s the way it works… They’re probably going to be two more appointments to the Court… Just imagine a Court if he has two more appointments on that — what that means forever.”

– President Biden to journalist Ed Gordon

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Snoop Dogg Honors 2Pac with Limited Edition Death Row Records Cannabis Collection

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When Snoop Dogg took over Death Row Records (DRR) in 2022 and launched Death Row Records Cannabis in January 2023, he vowed to restore the label to its former glory, championing artists, hip-hop, and cannabis culture. Today, that promise is being fulfilled by introducing a limited edition collection honoring one of DRR’s most legendary artists, 2Pac.

2Pac joined DRR in 1995 and swiftly became one of the most influential rappers ever. Beyond his music, 2Pac was a powerful voice for political and social change, using his platform to advocate for Black America. Significantly, Snoop Dogg chose 2Pac for DRR Cannabis’ inaugural artist collaboration. Their connection is rooted in a shared history that goes beyond the label, with 2Pac famously handing Snoop his first blunt, a story Snoop recalled as he inducted 2Pac into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2017.

“That first blunt sparked a friendship that ran deep,” Snoop said of the relationship. “We’ll always have his music, but this is another way I can bring what was meaningful to 2Pac to his fans.”

Customers can choose from one of five strains: a crowd favorite, an Alien OG, and Take 1, Take 2, Take 3, Take 4 – phenotypes from the same parent genetics. Fans can vote for their favorite “Take” through a QR code, where the winning “Take” will cut the exclusive and permanent 2Pac collection, due out this fall. In addition to the jarred flower, customers will receive one of four never-before-released collectible photos of 2Pac in front of a DRR graffiti-covered wall, as well as a DRR matchbook recreated precisely from the shoot.

This exclusive release will initially be available in select California dispensaries by Friday, July 19th, with a planned release in Michigan through their partner, Pleasantrees, later this year. Fans eager to collect all the photos can go to deathrowcannabis.co to find the closest retail store offering the special commemorative product.

For more information about this collection, please visit deathrowcannabis.co.

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SOURCE SPORTS: Skip Bayless to Leave ‘Undisputed’ Later This Summer

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Skip Bayless is trying to beat LeBron James to retirement? According to the Post, Bayless will leave his Undisputed seat at Fox Sports 1.

The 72-year-old sports journalist and personality will continue without Bayless and is planned to include Keyshawn Johnson, Michael Irvin, and others. Bayless has not offered a statement but inked a four-year, $32 million deal in 2021.

Bayless previously added Lil Wayne to his list of new partners. Beginning last August, Richard Sherman, Johnson, and Irvin joined Skip Bayless on Undisputed.

Skip Bayless confirmed the additions, which he calls the “new dream team” on X.

Lil Wayne was previously announced as the Friday co-host for FS1’s Undisputed, pairing Weezy F baby with his friend Skip Bayless.

According to Bayless, Wayne will be featured for 15 minutes but could remain on the show longer if he gets hot during the debate. Wayne is also delivering a new theme song for the show.

“He is so deep when it comes to sports,” Skip said. “He doesn’t yell or scream, but he does get emotional. And you hang on his every word because, trust me, he has thought through every single word.”

He added, “That’s why I love him so much. That’s why we text so much about sports. We’re kindred spirits, but we do see things differently, but very deeply.”

Lil Wayne created the theme music for ths daily sports tlak show. You can hear it from Skip below.

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Kendrick Lamar’s “Not Like Us” Retakes No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100

Kendrick Lamar’s “Not Like Us” Retakes No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100

Kendrick Lamar’s “Not Like Us” has surged back to the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart, following the July 4 premiere of its official video. The track marks its second week at the top, after debuting at No. 1 nine weeks earlier.

The song, released under pgLang/Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope/ICLG, has solidified its place in pop culture, maintaining positions between Nos. 2 and 6 for eight weeks, including the last two at No. 3. Lamar achieves his first multi-week Hot 100 No. 1 as a solo artist, having previously led for a week in 2017 with “Humble.”

“Not Like Us” boasts 53.8 million official streams (up 20%), 40 million radio airplay audience impressions (up 9%), and 8,000 units sold (up 16%) in the U.S. from July 5-11. This marks the song’s fifth week with over 50 million weekly streams, a 2024 record.

In addition, the track ascends 2-1 on the Streaming Songs chart, 6-4 on Digital Song Sales, and reaches a new peak at 10-9 on Radio Songs.

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Kevin Hart Announces Star-Studded Hartbeat Weekend at Resorts World Las Vegas

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Kevin Hart and his global entertainment company, Hartbeat, have announced the return of Hartbeat Weekend, a four-day celebration of music, comedy, and entertainment. Headlined by Kevin Hart, Lil Wayne, and Ludacris, the event will take place from Thursday, August 29 to Sunday, September 1, 2024, at Resorts World Las Vegas.

Hartbeat Weekend promises a star-studded lineup and an array of live stand-up comedy performances. Kevin Hart will headline with his new “Acting My Age” tour at Resorts World Theatre on Sunday, September 1. The show, produced by AEG Presents, will be a highlight of the weekend, offering a night of non-stop laughter and entertainment. Throughout the weekend, Hartbeat will also film ten 30-minute specials featuring top comedians for the new stand-up series “LOL Live,” which will take place at Zouk inside Resorts World Las Vegas.

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“Hartbeat Weekend celebrates the absolute best in comedy, culture and music,” said Kevin Hart. “This year, we’re taking the event to new heights, and I can’t wait for everyone to join us for a weekend filled with laughter, entertainment, and unforgettable moments.”

“We are thrilled to partner with Resorts World and AEG Presents again to bring audiences an exciting lineup of events during Hartbeat Weekend,” said Jeff Clanagan, Hartbeat President. “We are dedicated to creating impactful live experiences that unite audiences through laughter and joy, and this year’s action-packed, multi-day event promises to be unforgettable.”

“We’re looking forward to welcoming Hartbeat Weekend back this year,” said Peter LaVoie, President of Resorts World Las Vegas. “We’ve enjoyed partnering with Kevin and his team on this iconic weekend and his shows in the theatre throughout the year. Hartbeat Weekend 2024 will be another incredible experience for our guests.

In addition to the comedy acts, the weekend will feature nightly after-parties at Zouk Nightclub, the premier destination for Las Vegas nightlife, with live performances by Lil Wayne and Ludacris. These events promise to keep the energy high and provide unforgettable experiences for attendees. The excitement will continue during the day with live performances, DJ sets, and sun-soaked fun at Ayu Dayclub, the heart of Las Vegas’s outdoor entertainment scene.

One of the most anticipated events of Hartbeat Weekend is the Hartbeat Celebrity Poker Invitational. From Friday, August 30 to Saturday, August 31, the exclusive Allē Lounge on 66 will host a high-stakes poker tournament featuring 50 hand-selected competitors from the world of sports, comedy, music, and more. This two-day event will bring together celebrities and poker enthusiasts for a thrilling competition.

Vibee, the music-led destination experience company, is the exclusive VIP Experience & Hotel Package partner for Hartbeat Weekend. Vibee is offering three curated weekend getaway packages, each providing unique perks and experiences. These packages include prime seating for Kevin Hart’s headline show, accommodations at Resorts World Las Vegas, access to special pre-show parties, a backstage green room tasting of Hart’s tequila brand Gran Coramino, open bar privileges at Zouk Nightclub and Ayu Dayclub, entry to the Hartbeat Celebrity Poker Invitational, and more. All Vibee packages come with expedited entry to Zouk Nightclub and Ayu Dayclub, a welcome letter from Kevin Hart, and a limited-edition Kevin Hart JBL speaker. Vibee packages will be available for pre-sale starting on Tuesday, July 16 at 10:00 AM PT.

For more information and updates on Hartbeat Weekend, visit hartbeatweekend.com.

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